2015 Black Friday Weekend Resource

The holiday shopping season is upon us!

Don’t let it overwhelm you: I’ve assembled Orlando-area malls’ hours, summarized the best deals and provided a quick primer on what Black Friday means for retailers and consumers alike.

I recommend you start with my article “How to Prepare for Black Friday” which is a step-by-step guide in getting you ready for the extravaganza that is Black Friday weekend. In it, I cover how to research for the best deals, how to keep you and your family safe, and what to expect in stores before you head to the mall.

CLICK TO READ: How to Prepare for Black Friday

As always, send me an email at mark@orlandomallguide.com or tweet me at @OMGmalls if you have any shopping-related questions.

HAPPY SHOPPING!

– Mark Schaub, Founder of Orlando Mall Guide

HOURS

Click the mall’s name to be directed to its official website. Link will open in a new window/tab.

Altamonte Mall

Thursday, Nov. 26: 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Friday, Nov. 27: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 28: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 29: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Artegon Marketplace Orlando

Thursday, Nov. 26: CLOSED

Friday, Nov. 27: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 28: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 29: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The Florida Mall

Thursday – Friday, Nov. 26 – 27: 6 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Friday, Nov. 27: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 28: 10 a.m.  – 10 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 29: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores

Thursday – Friday, Nov. 26 – 27: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 28: 9 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 29: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The Mall at Millenia

Thursday, Nov. 26: CLOSED

Friday, Nov. 27: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 28: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 29: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Orlando Fashion Square

Thursday, Nov. 26: CLOSED

Friday, Nov. 27: 5:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 28: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 29: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Orlando International Premium Outlets

Thursday – Friday, Nov. 26 – 27: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 28: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 29: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets

Thursday – Friday, Nov. 26 – 27: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 28: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 29: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Outlet Marketplace

Thursday – Friday, Nov. 27 – 28: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 28: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 29: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Seminole Towne Center

Thursday – Friday, Nov. 26 – 27: 6 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Friday, Nov. 27: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 28: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Sunday, Nov. 29: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Waterford Lakes Town Center

Thursday – Friday, Nov. 26 – 27: 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Friday, Nov. 27: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 28: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 29: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

MY FAVORITE DEALS (as of Nov. 25)

Click the store’s name to be directed to its Black Friday ad. Link will open in a new window/tab.

Physical store open times listed below store names.

Barnes and Noble

Open Friday, Nov. 27 at 7 a.m.

Take an Additional 30% Off Any One Item [Nov. 26 – 29]

Best Buy

Open Thursday, Nov. 26 at 5 p.m., In-Store Only

49″ Toshiba LED 1080p HDTV — $149.99 (regularly $429.99)

Dick’s Sporting Goods

Open Thursday, Nov. 26 at 6 p.m.

Select Men’s Women’s and Youth Under Armour Athletic and Golf Fleece Styles — 25 Percent Off

Select Men’s Women’s and Youth Nike Fleece — 25 Percent Off

Gamestop

Open Friday, Nov. 27 at 5 a.m.

Xbox One 500GB Gears of War Ultimate Edition Bundle — $299.99 (regularly $349.99)

PlayStation 4 500GB Uncharted Collection Bundle — $299.99 (regularly $349.99)

Gods & Monsters at Artegon Marketplace

Open Friday, Nov. 27 at 10 a.m.

Sales Exclude Consignment Items

Entire Store 10 Percent Off Plus Roll a Jumbo d20 (20-sided dice) for Prizes and Discounts of Up to 40 Percent Off

All Barware 40 Percent Off [After Hours of 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.]

JCPenney

Open Thursday, Nov. 26 at 3 p.m.

Cuisinart 12-piece Advantage Knife Set — $14.99 (regularly $50)

Cooks 1.5 Quart Slow Cooker — $4.99 (reguruly $20)

Boots for Women — $19.99 (regularly $60 – $90)

Kohl’s

Open Thursday, Nov. 26 at 6 p.m.

Dress and casual boots for women and juniors — $29.99 (regularly $84.99 – $99.99)

Macy’s

Open Thursday, Nov. 26 at 6 p.m.

Tag Springfield 5-Piece Luggage Set — $49.99 (regularly $200)

All 3-Piece Comforter Sets — $19.99 (regularly $80)

Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette — $15 (regularly $32)

Old Navy

Open Thursday, Nov. 26 at 4 p.m.

Entire Store 50 Percent Off

Sears

Open Thursday, Nov. 26 at 6 p.m.

Proform 475 Elliptical — $279.99 (regularly $599.99)

Kenmore Washer/Dryer Set — $549.98 for the pair (regularly $1,060)

Sephora

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Make Up For Ever’s Waterproof Hero Duo Set — $10 (regularly $37.55)

First Aid Beauty’s So Long, Dry! — $10 (regularly $31)

Nest’s Eau de Parfum Rollerball Trio — $10 (regularly $25)

Too Faced’s Sexy Lids & Lashes Set — $10 (regularly $34)

Staples

Open Friday, Nov. 27 at 6 a.m.

HP 14″ Laptop with Intel Core i3 Processor — $299.99 (regularly $599.99)

16GB iPad Mini 4 — $299.99 (regularly $399.99)

Target

Open Thursday, Nov. 26 at 6 p.m.

LG 49″ Class 2160p 120 Hz Smart UHD 4K TV — $499.99 (regularly $799.99)

Xbox One bundle with Gears of War — $299 + $60 gift card (regularly $349)

Apple Watch — $349 +100 gift card (regularly $349)

Toys“R”Us

Open Thursday, Nov. 27 at 5 p.m.

LeapFrog LeapReader — $19.99 (regularly $34.99)

Victoria’s Secret

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Pink Ultimate half-zip or gym pant — $30 (both regularly $59.95 each)

Pink Ultimate tank top — $10 (regularly $26.95)

Buy one bra, get one half off (doesn’t apply to bras already on clearance)

F.A.Q.

How important is Black Friday for shopping malls?

For the majority of the year (January – November), retail stores are operating at a financial loss. The industry calls this being “in the red” because in the past, losses would be written in red ink to indicate a loss. Black Friday is the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or operate “in the black,” the color of ink used to indicate a profit. Therefore, Black Friday is a very important day for shopping malls.

The day after Thanksgiving (and arguably Thanksgiving Day) signifies the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season, although the retail industry considers Nov. 1 as the official beginning. On Black Friday, schools are closed and most businesses are as well, so that means more potential customers.

To get a leg up on the competition and attract shoppers, retailers offer amazing deals, sales and doorbusters. The fight for shoppers has become so fierce that stores are opening earlier and earlier. Open times went from 6 a.m. on Black Friday to 4 a.m. to midnight, and now as early as 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day in some cases.

Since 2005, Black Friday has been recorded as the busiest shopping day of the year according to the National Retail Federation. A close second is the final Saturday before Christmas, which is Dec. 19 this year, six days before Christmas.

The NRF expects sales in November and December to increase 3.7 percent to $630.5 billion — significantly higher than the 10-year average of 2.5 percent.

What kind of numbers do Orlando malls see on Black Friday weekend?

The Black Friday weekend accounts for 10 percent to 15 percent of total holiday spending.

For some retailers, the holiday season can represent as much as 30 percent of annual sales which is incredible considering the holiday shopping season accounts for only Nov. 1 – Dec. 31, a total of 61 days or about 17 percent of the year.

What’s the response been from area malls as it regards online shopping?

This year the NRF projects that Americans intend to do almost half of their holiday shopping online this year, 46 percent, up from 44 percent from last year.

For malls to compete, it’s all about creating a memorable customer experience. This is known as “experiential retail” in the industry. Think of stores like American Girl, Apple and Build-a-Bear Workshop. You’re not just going there to purchase an item. At American Girl, for instance, you don’t just buy a doll; you fix up her hair and make-up, and grab a bite in the Bistro.

CLICK TO READ: What is Experiential Retail?

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Mark Schaub

My name is Mark and I’m a mall-aholic. As a native Orlandoan, I’ve been visiting them since I can remember. I’ve also worked in a couple and consider myself a self-appointed expert. There’s been a lot of change when it comes metro Orlando’s mall landscape, and I’ve taken it upon myself to chronicle it. Each mall has a story to tell, and having graduated from the University of Central Florida and double majored in journalism and radio/television, I feel I’m best equipped to make those stories come alive here at Orlando Mall Guide. So whether you’re a local or a tourist needing a shopping break from the attractions, I’m your hookup.